You’re too sensitive!
It’s not something you love hearing when it’s being said about you, but if it’s something that you think about your teeth as you go through your regular morning routine, it might be time for a trip to your dentist.
When it comes to patients everywhere, sensitivity is a common complaint whether the “complainer” is 7 or 47. Many times, you can chalk your sensitivity up to something as simple as genetics. Other times, it can be the symptom of something more serious.
To learn more about sensitivity and what might be the root cause (no pun intended), read on to learn the 8 top causes of sensitive teeth.
- You’re Brushing Too Hard. As you grow older, the way you brush your teeth can have a very noticeable impact on your teeth. In fact, one of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is over-brushing. Over time, it’s possible to wear down the outer layer of your teeth to the point where microscopic openings to your tooth’s nerve endings are penetrable by cold liquids or hot foods. Many times, the result is sensitive teeth. While it’s difficult to reverse this damage, the easiest way to ensure the damage doesn’t progress further is to get a softer toothbrush, and take it easy during brushing.
- You have excessive plaque. Brushing regularly and keeping up with flossing is essential when it comes to removing plaque from your teeth. If you have too much plaque living on your teeth, this can cause the enamel of your teeth to slowly wear away — this can make them more sensitive (because the enamel is wearing away). To avoid this, make sure you stay on top of your dentist’s recommended daily care and your regular dental visits.
- You Grind Your Teeth. Tooth grinders have a bad habit of wearing down the enamel on your teeth. When this occurs, the middle layer of your tooth is exposed. Unfortunately, this layer of the tooth also contains microscopic openings to the nerves, which can lead to pain and discomfort. You might not even realize you grind your teeth, because you’re doing it at night. If you ever wake up with pain or a headache, or if your doctor notices uneven wear on your teeth — she might recommend a night guard to avoid unnecessary damage.
- The Food you’re eating is too acidic. Let’s say you’ve brushed a little hard on one side of your mouth, and your teeth have become sensitive. If this has already happened, you might notice that foods with a high degree of acidity can cause pain. These often include tomato sauce, orange juice, lemon, and pickles. If this is the case for you, simply avoid foods that cause problems and use a toothpaste deigned for sensitive teeth.
- You’re Using Whitening Toothpastes. Tooth-whitening toothpastes are incredibly common, and rightly so — they work fairly well and help people of all ages keep whiter teeth. Unfortunately, if ou happen to be sensitive to the formula in these toothpastes, they may cause sensitivity. On top of this, if you’re prone to sensitivity, these toothpastes might not be the best choice.
- Your Gums Need TLC Brushing too hard or not keeping up with dental hygiene can cause receded gums, which in turn can often cause sensitivity. If this becomes severe, there’s a chance that your dentist recommends a sealing procedure to eliminate discomfort.
- Your tooth is cracked. If you play contact sports or happened to have an unfortunate fall, there’s a chance you’re suffering form a chipped or cracked tooth. While it might not even be obvious, even a small chip or crack can cause sensitivity. If this is the case for you, there’s a chance that your dentist will recommend a dental filling for any cracks or chips.
- There is decay around the edges of fillings.Over time, fillings in your teeth can loosen and weaken around the edges. This can also cause acid and plaque build up, which contributes to enamel breakdown and sensitivity.
Are you experiencing sensitive teeth? Depending on how severe the problem is, it might be a good idea to talk to your dentist. In our Garden Grove, Ca dental clinic we deal with sensitive teeth nearly every day. Once we see your teeth, we can provide the helpful insights you need to minimize pain and sensitivity.